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(Im)Moral Relativism

November 4, 2015

This post might seem out-of-place from the usual writings you see here, but it’s really not.

To wake up every morning to news of another Jew being attacked, wounded, or murdered because they are a Jew is heartbreaking.  I cannot be silent and therefore I must do something.  This post is a little of that something.

While there is a raging debate over the causes of the recent terrorist attacks against Jews in Israel, there should be no debate that murdering people is ever acceptable. What should be automatically and universally accepted is, as the Sixth Commandment says, “Do Not Murder”.

Whether “settlements” are justified or not, to equate building a home with murder is immoral!!

There is no grievance that justifies murdering others. There is no justification for teaching people and children to dehumanize another, to believe they are heroes for murdering, and  to celebrate the death of their victims.  To attempt to justify the murdering, to create a moral equivalence, is immoral!

The western world has become an enabler to this terrorism, since groups like the PLO and Hamas have used terrorism to further their demands.  For too long, we have rewarded terrorism by giving it a voice and by acceding to the murderers demands.  This enabling has been exploited by the terrorists.  As a result, terrorism has metastasized worldwide.  The victims have been those murdered, their loved ones, those that live under the threat, and those taught to hate.  Peace has been postponed by this, while lives on both sides have been unnecessarily lost.

We must start fighting this rampage of stabbings, plowing cars into pedestrians, bombs, etc., by immediately condemning murder, teaching hate, and incitement by any and all means.  We must not accept any explanations or justifications for the murderers acts.  There must not be any equivocating, no “after all…..”, etc..  To do that is to give license, not condemnation.

The leaders who teach hate and unleash it when it suits them, must know that it will not be tolerated, and that there will be no gain to be had from it.  They must learn that there will be no discussions of their claimed grievances until such time that this murder, teaching, preaching, and incitement stops.

If this was done many years ago, at its beginnings, many lives would have been saved, and the possibility of peace would have been greatly enhanced.  It may already have been achieved.

It is taught that we fight the darkness with light.  To do this we must bring light to the darkness.  For too, too long we have allowed the darkness to come to the light.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. David permalink
    November 5, 2015 7:44 am

    Well said…..and sad

  2. steve h permalink
    November 4, 2015 5:01 pm

    Solutions are beyond my comprehension. I feel for you. Namaste

    • Fred Fox permalink
      November 5, 2015 9:01 am

      Solutions are difficult and made more difficult by delaying. Standing up and condemning, not enabling is a start
      Thanks Steve

  3. jocko permalink
    November 4, 2015 7:08 am

    Thank you for this teaching.

    Sometimes things seem impossibly complex and I want to throw up my hands and turn away.

    You bring me back to realizing that each of us has a responsibility to find how we (each unique one of us) can do something to alleviate suffering–or as you say, bring light to the darkness.

    Good to have the Spinning Rabbi back.

    Best, J.R.

    • Fred Fox permalink
      November 4, 2015 8:22 am

      Thank you so much Jocko

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